Stalin's Housewife Spy
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 688
- Oct 7, 2020 6:00 pm
- 52:46 mins
Stalin's Housewife Spy Guest: Ben Macintyre, author of “Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy” Ursula Kuczynski, or Agent Sonya, was one of Moscow’s most brilliant spies throughout WWII and the Cold War. While raising three children, Ursula secretly passed blueprints for the atomic bomb to the Russians. MI5 never caught her because nobody could believe that “Mrs. Burton” could get around to stealing nuclear secrets when she was so busy baking scones. The Hollywood Producer Who Became a Cold War Double Agent Guest: Jonathan Gill, Professor of American History and Culture at University of Amsterdam, and author of "Hollywood Double Agent: The True Tale of Boris Morros, Film Producer Turned Cold War Spy" Hollywood film producer Boris Morros was a useful tool for Soviet intelligence operations—that is until he turned himself in to the FBI and became a double agent. At least that's what we think happened. His ex-wife said his memoir was full of lies, and his true history has been difficult to unravel.